[The Captain apologizes for this belated Christmas greeting. A seriesof unfortunate events - as well as a major holiday - prevented me from updating Banana Winds these past few days. I'm still working on a borrowed computer - an Acer Aspire running VISTA! - but we hope to be sailing again soon. Stay tuned! In the meantime...]
London Telegraph reported this week that Saudi millionaire Ehsan Abdulaziz has
been acquitted of a rape charge stemming from an August 2014 encounter with an
to the Telegraph, the 46-year-old Abdulaziz hooked up with two women (ages 24
& 18) at a fancy nightclub in London. After impressing them with his $2,000
per night table at the club, he took them both back to his London flat in his
Aston Martin where he plied them both with more Vodka.
whose name ironically means “Servant of God”, led the older woman into his
bedroom for sex; the younger woman passed out on his sofa.
where it gets interesting.
in the wee hours of the morning, the 18-year-old awoke to find Abdulaziz on top
of her, allegedly raping her.
according to her, his penis was inside her vagina.
And the rape kit found his semen
offered two explanations for how this could have happened:
having sex with the 24-year-old, he went out to offer the younger woman a T-shirt
to sleep in or a taxi home. He claims she reached up and pulled him down toward
her, placing his semen-smeared hand (from his previous conquest) between her
having sex with the 24-year-old, he went out to offer the younger woman a
T-shirt to sleep in or a taxi home. His penis was perhaps still erect and poking
through his shorts and as he approached the sleeping woman he tripped,
resulting in the unsolicited penetration.
fragile,” he pleaded. “I fell down...”
The Captain refers you back to the "fragile" 46-year-old in the photo above.
took all of 30 minutes to deliberate and acquitted him of the rape charge.
FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME?!?!
it’s that time of year for my annual Public Service Announcement.
the story I’d rather read, found this morning on Facebook [although, considering the source, this one is most
likely a fabrication]…
The Captain wishes you all a safe and happy holiday season!
This may surprise some people. Others may want to argue it.
All I ask for is the Truth.
I’m not talking about philosophical Truth.
"What is truth? It's such a changing law. What is truth? Are mine the same as yours?"
Sorry. A momentary flashback.
Specifically, when you are posting or sharing something on
Facebook, please, Please, PLEASE!... check first to see if it’s true.
It takes like… two seconds… to Google something these days.
This morning as I was surfing Facebook, I came across a post
shared by a friend. It lamented the fact that the news today is full of murders
and all kinds of other bad stuff (which is true), but no one has mentioned the
death of a Medal of Honor recipient who passed away.
Indeed, the Medal of Honor recipient had a very compelling
story of heroics in military conflict. His death – along with his life – should
have been noted.
Unfortunately, when I checked it out, it turns out the Medal
of Honor recipient died in 2008.
Maybe that’s why we haven’t heard anything about it recently…?
And then there was this one posted this evening:
I don't even know what to say about it.
Another item I came across from a different friend was a story written by a gentleman who claimed to be on a commercial
airplane that served as a “dry run” for a terrorist attack. It was boarded by
11 Muslim passengers who were acting strangely, being generally disruptive, and
disturbing the flight crew – to the point that the pilots disembarked and the
writer of the story grabbed a stewardess and physically carried her off the
plane… “for her own safety”.
Again, a Google search quickly revealed there is not
corroborating evidence to support these claims.
Captain’s Note: The writer led off with a note saying all
these events were covered up by the national media - which would explain why no one else has heard this - but he assures us he is
reporting the truth.
The Truth is, the person supposedly writing the story was
not even on the plane! At the time this incident allegedly happened, he was on
another flight that would have arrived at the airport 40 minutes later.
And as it turns out, this story has been circling the internet
In the first case, it doesn’t surprise your Captain that
people have been uncritically passing along this story for the last seven years.
We are tired of hearing the “bad news” and – especially if you are
patriotically inclined – we want to lift up a story of a modern day hero.
But did no one check along the way to see if this was
Now for all we know, the war hero could have been given a
ticker-tape parade when he died. He could have been entombed in a gold casket.
The President of the United States may have given his eulogy.
None of that happened, but it is quite possible that he was
duly honored back in 2008. Why didn’t anyone check before passing along this
As for the second example, words simply escape me. Perhaps too much wine?
And finally, the third example. It truly pains your Captain to
think that some poor misguided imbecile intentionally sat down and wrote a fabricated
story about potential terrorists, unfairly casting Muslims as the villains and
himself as the hero.
What’s the matter? Is your life too boring? You can only
fantasize about being a hero?
Have you considered enlisting in the military?
Again, the Captain is not trying to be an asshole about
this. I just want the Truth. Is that too much to ask?
Yet so much of what I read on Facebook is not true. So much
of what I see on television these days is not the truth. So much of what I
hear in the current political campaigns is simply not the truth.
Truth may be unpopular. In many cases Truth is boring.
But Truth is what it is. It doesn’t need your help. It doesn’t
need to be embellished.
So please, check out the story before you pass it along.
Just tell me the truth. Always.
I might not like it.
[Thanks. I already know I have a growing bald spot!]
But if you tell me the truth, I won’t be left guessing what
other lies you might be telling me.
[Captain’s Note: I spent the morning working on a blog, but
as it grew toward the fifth page, I figured my readers would not stay with me
that long. So I am starting over… a hopefully shorter, kinder, blog.]
The Captain so wants to move away from political posts and
get back to more fun stuff like sailing the high seas, pillaging &
plundering, drinking rum and chasing wenches! But right now my brain is just
befuddled with American politics and how we have sunk so low so fast.
You know what’s been in the news this week.
Republican candidate Donald Trump announced he would ban all
Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives
can figure out what’s going on” [with regard to terrorism].
Many across the political spectrum jumped on him for blaming
the 1.57 billion Muslims in the world for something only a relative handful of extremists are
doing. And his proposal flies in the face of everything America used to believe
But sadly, some people agree with Trump. Ann Coulter, the
blonde-haired, pasty-white female version of Donald Trump, tweeted that he didn’t
go far enough; she would ban all immigrants. Period.
Then there’s Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who
recently released her family Christmas card:
Because nothing celebrates the birth of our Savior like a
portrait of your family locked-and-loaded.
Yes, that is her 5-year-old grandson in front brandishing
his Walther P22.
But that’s not the worst of it. Fiore, an outspoken 2nd
Amendment advocate, was recently asked about the resettlement of Syrian
refugees and this was her response: “The Syran Refugees. I'm like, What – are
you kidding me? I’m about to fly to Paris and shoot ‘em in the head myself! I
am not OK with Syrian refugees. I’m not OK with terrorists. I’m OK with putting
them down, blacking them out, just put a piece of brass in their ocular cavity
and end their miserable life. I’m good with that.”
And Jerry Falwell Jr., the heir to the throne of his father,
who was a Baptist preacher, the driving force behind the 80’s “Moral Majority” movement,
and the founder of Liberty University, announced to the Liberty U. student body
this week that they should get concealed carry permits and come to class armed,
ready to “get those Muslims!”
Because, y’know, “a good guy with a gun…” and all that.
(Found on Facebook)
And the student body responded with wild applause!
Dr. Falwell, can you say “liability”? I know your lawyers
A more likely scenario...
Republican Party leadership have denounced most of Trump’s
proclamations. The other Republican candidates have also denounced Trump’s
“race-baiting, xenophobic bigot”
“soiling the robe of conservatism”
“Tell Donald Trump to go to hell!”
Captain’s Note: That last one was from Senator Lindsey
Graham (R-SC)! [*Snark!*]
Yet, they all say they would still vote for him should he [somehow]
become the Party’s candidate for President!
He has offended Mexicans, Jews, Muslims, and even FOX News!
Do you know how hard it is for a Conservative candidate to
offend FOX News???
Do you really want this man leading our nation?
Yet somehow, as his quota of idiotic statements increases,
so do his poll numbers!
No matter how vile and reprehensible Trump becomes, the
Republican leadership knows they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They
know that if Trump leaves the Party and launches an independent campaign, he’ll
take his 35% of Republican supporter with him, which will effectively hand the
2016 election to the Democrat Party’s nominee.
This is why the rum’s always gone!
But let’s set all that aside for right now. I want you to
think for a moment about our country, these United States of America.
The Captain is not an overly sentimental guy, but it wasn’t
so long ago that we very proud to be Americans.
We were the envy of the world. “The land of the free and the
home of the brave.”
We were proudly a melting pot of immigrants from around the
globe - “Send me your poor, your tired,
your huddled masses yearning to be free…” – all united by a deep yearning
to live “the American Dream”.
We became leaders in industry and innovation. The generation
who fought in World War II came home and built a great nation, leaving a better
country and better world for their children.
We joined forces with nations around the world and
vanquished common foes. We established treaties and worked to build
institutions of peace wherein nations could come together to discuss our
concerns, making unnecessary the bloodshed and violence of our past.
We cared for the poor and downtrodden – not only in our own nation
but through humanitarian aid to foreign countries.
I’ve witnessed grown men stand and shed tears whenever Lee
Greenwood’s patriotic anthem was played:
From the lakes of Minnesota, to the
hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas, From sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston, and New
York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and it’s time we stand and say…
That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up, next to you and
defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
But something has happened.
Perhaps several things.
And now Americans are angry.
We now spout hatred and incite violence; we oppose our own government,
even to the point of treason; we have become so politically polarized that one
side will intentionally undermine the efforts of the other without even
considering their mutual concerns; we care little about the poor and downtrodden,
focused only on our own wants and desires; we’ve squandered almost everything
that our forefathers by the sweat of their brows left to us; we’ve thrown out
our moral compass and will say or do whatever it takes to get what we want.
And instead of painting for us a picture of what a great
nation America could once again be – and how we can get to that point again by
working together – our political candidates are successfully pandering to the
anger and fears of an undiscerning electorate.
Don't you realize THE WHOLE WORLD is listening in? ...seeing what America has become...
Oh sure, Trump says he wants to make America great again.
But the America he talks about is not the one I grew up in, not one I want to live
In less than a year we will go to the polls and cast our
vote for the future of our nation… perhaps the future of the world… even the
future of the planet!